The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch"
peers dismissed and the criticism and backlash broke him down and he died in an asylum two weeks later from septicemia at the age of 47 what I am going to talk about today may sound as radical as hand-washing sounded to a mid 19th century doctor and yet it is equally scientific it is the simple idea that optimizing nutrition is a safe and viable way to avoid treat or lessen mental illness nutrition matters poor nutrition
is a significant and modifiable risk factor for the development of mental illness according to the 2013 New Zealand Health Survey the rates of psychiatric illnesses and children doubled over the last five years internationally there's been a three-fold increase in ADHD a 20-fold increase in autism and a 40-fold increase in bipolar disorder in children and this graph here shows there's been a four-fold increase in the rates of the number of people who are on disability as
a direct consequence of an underlying psychiatric illness the rates of mental illness are on the rise so how are we dealing with this problem currently our health care system operates within a medical model now this means that you would typically be offered psychiatric medications first followed by psychological therapies and other forms of our reliance on medications as a front line form of treatment is evident from the increasing rates of prescriptions for example in 2012 half
a million New Zealanders that's one eighth of us had been prescribed an antidepressant that's 38 percent higher than five years previously similarly the rates of prescriptions for antipsychotics doubled from 2006 to 2011 given that this medical model is fairly universal across all...
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